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[Isaiah ii. 10.]
5. Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust,

For fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty.
The lofty looks of man shall be humbled,
And the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down,

And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.
For the day of the LORD OF HOSTS shall be upon every one that is

proud and lofty, And

upon every one that is lifted up, and he shall be brought low. Cease ye from inan, whose breath is in his nostrils,

For wherein is he to be accounted of? And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; And I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the

haughtiness of the terrible. For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name

is Holy;
I dwell in the high and holy place,

With him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite dnes.

(Isaiah lxvi. 1.] 6. Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my

footstool; Where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my

rest?
For all those things hath mine hand made,
And all those things have been, saith the Lord.
But to this man will I look, even to him that is poor
And of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

[Isaiah xiv. 12.]
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations !

For thou hast said in thine heart, "I will ascend into heaven, I will 'exalt my throne above the stars of God : I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north : I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.'

Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, “Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made ihe world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof;

That opened not the house of his prisoners ?.
All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his

own house,
But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch.
For the LORD OF HOST'S hath purposed, and who shall disannul it?
And His hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back ?

[Ecclesiastes x. 5.] 7. There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which pro

ceedeth from the ruler : Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in a low place. I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.

[Jeremiah ix. 23.]
Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,

Neither let the mighty man glory in his might,
Let not the rich man glory in his riches ;
But let him that glorieth glory in this,
That he understandeth and knowcth me,

That I am the Lord which exercise loving-kindness,
Judgment, and righteousness in the earth :
For in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

[1 John ii. 16.) 8. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof, but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever

[Matthew xi. 29.1 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

[1 Peter v. 5.] Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility :

For God resisteth the proud,

And giveth grace to the bumble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he

may
exalt
you

in due time.

[Luke xviii. 9.] 9. And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others : Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself: God! I thank thee that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

(Matthew xviii. 1.] 10. At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily, I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever, therefore, shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a mill-stone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

[Mark x. 13.) 11. And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them; and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

LESSON LI.

ON AVARICE.

[Luke xii. 15.) 1. And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness; for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

[Hebrews xiii. 5.) Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have; for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

[Proverbs.] An mheritance may be gotten hastily | Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, at the beginning,

Than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. But the end thereof shall not be Labor not to be rich; blessed.

Cease from thine own wisdom. He that is greedy of gain troubleth Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that his own house.

which is not? Better is little with the fear of the For riches certainly make themselves Lord,

wings; Than great treasure and trouble there. They fly away as an eagle toward with.

heaven.

[1 Timothy vi. 9.] 2. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown

men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

(Matthew vi. 19.] 3. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal ; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

(Job xxxi.) 4. If I have made gold my hope,

For I should have denied the God that Or have said to the fine gold, Thou is above. art my confidence;

If I have walked with vanity, If I rejoiced because my wealth was Or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; great,

Let me be weighed in an even balance, And because mine hand had gotten That God may know mine integrity. much;

If my step hath turned out of the way, If I beheld the sun when it shined,

And mine heart walked after mine Or the moon walking in brightness ;

eyes ; And my heart hath been secretly en- And if any blot hath cleaved to mine ticed,

hands, Or my mouth hath kissed my hand; Then let me sow, and let another eat; This also were an iniquity to be pun- Yea, let my offspring be rooted out. ished by the judge,

[Proverbs xxi. 6.]
5. The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
Is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

[Matthew xvi. 26.] For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul ? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul ?

[Colossians iii. 1.] If

ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

[Micah ii. 1.] Wo to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! When the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their

hand. And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them

away: So they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

Therefore, thus saith the Lord :
Behold, against this family do I devise an evil,
From which ye shall not remove your necks ;

Neither shall ye go haughtily, for this time is evil. 6. And behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good ? there is none good but one, that is, GOD: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, “ Thou shalt do no murder ; - Thou shalt not commit adultery;" “ Thou shalt not steal; ”

« Thou shalt not bear false witness ;" “ Honor thy father and thy mother," and “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up : what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come and follow me.

But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful ; for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily, I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

(Ecclesiastes iv. 8.] 7. There is one alone, and there is not a second : yea, he hath neither child

nor brother; yet is there no end of all his labor; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do Í labor, and bereave my soul of good ? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.

[Psalm xlix. 6.] They that trust in their wealth, They call their lands after their own And boast themselves in the multitude

of their riches; None of them can by any means re- 8. Nevertheless, man being in honor deem his brother,

abideth not; Nor give to God a ransom for him, He is like the beasts that perish. That he should still live forever, and This their way is their folly; not see corruption.

Yet their posterity approve their sayFor he seeth that wise men die,

ings. Likewise the fool and the brutish per- Like sheep they are laid in the grave: son perish,

Death shall feed on them, And leave their wealth to others.

And the upright shall have dominion Their inward thought is, that their over them in the morning;

houses shall continue forever, And their beauty shall consume in the And their dwelling-places to all gener- grave from their dwelling,

ations ;

names.

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